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 June 13, 2023

Burisma executive kept recordings of phone calls with Joe and Hunter Biden as insurance

An executive at Burisma who allegedly bribed President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden kept recordings of their phone calls, Fox News reported. Sen. Chuck Grassley said there are 17 audio recordings that were made as an "insurance policy."

Speaking from the Senate floor Monday, the Iowa Republican revealed the information obtained through the redacted FBI FD-1023 used by the agency to brief congressional lawmakers. In it, information from FBI interviews with a "highly credible" informant indicates that Burisma's own recordings back up bribery allegations.

The report was released on June 30, 2020, but the information goes back to 2015 when Joe Biden was vice president. The FBI has not cooperated while responding to the House Oversight Committee subpoena, and thus, Congress "still lacks a full and complete picture with respect to what that document really says," according to Grassley.

"That’s why it’s important that the document be made public without unnecessary redactions for the American people to see," Grassley said. "Let me assist for purposes of transparency," he continued.

"The 1023 produced to that House Committee redacted reference that the foreign national who allegedly bribed Joe and Hunter Biden allegedly has audio recordings of his conversations with them," Grassley continued. "Seventeen total recordings," he added.

"According to the 1023, the foreign national possesses 15 audio recordings of phone calls between him and Hunter Biden," Grassley continued. "According to the 1023, the foreign national possesses two audio recordings of phone calls between him and then-Vice President Joe Biden."

Grassley explained that the recordings were "allegedly kept as a sort of insurance policy for the foreign national in case he got into a tight spot," he claimed. "The 1023 also indicates that then-Vice President Joe Biden may have been involved in Burisma employing Hunter Biden," Grassley said.

However, Grassley pointed out that there was not enough done to investigate the very credible and serious findings. "The Justice Department and FBI must show their work," Grassley said.

"They no longer deserve the benefit of the doubt," he added. The FBI dragged its feet when House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer subpoenaed the document.

The only lawmakers briefed on it were Comer and committee Ranking Member Jamie Raskin. The document was not turned over until Comer said he would hold FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress, and then it was only shown to the committee.

The FD-1023 also mentioned Hunter Biden's role in the scheme and how one executive called him "dumb." It outlined how both father and son received $5 million each using several bank accounts to hide the money, making it impossible for authorities to "unravel this for at least 10 years."

The document referred to "the Big Guy," who is thought to be Joe Biden, and that the executive "didn’t pay the Big Guy directly." There's no word on who the executive is, but it could be as high as the Burisma leader Mykola Zlochevsky.

As each new allegation and revelation against this corrupt Biden family has dropped, Joe Biden has repeatedly denied having any involvement with this son's business dealings. However, this FBI document makes it a nearly undeniable fact that he was heavily involved.

Still, the FBI has yet to do much in the way of investigating these claims and will scarcely let Congress have a look at the evidence. Grassley is correct that the FBI and DOJ are no longer trustworthy on this issue -- or any others for that matter.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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